We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you're likely to feel as though you've gone through the looking glass. "White privilege." "Trigger warnings." "Rape culture." All of this (and much else) has turned academia into a bizarre, Orwellian simulacrum of itself. And not only that, but the radicalism has migrated outward into the broader culture, too. It's the kind of insanity we haven't seen in America since the bad old days of the early 1970s.
The good news is that these sorts of perversions always burn themselves out-they're too untethered to reality. Eventually people realize that the radicalism is really about just one thing: power. And once people begin to challenge the dogmas, they collapse in a cascade. Because as they lose their power to exact a price for criticism, they attract more of it.
These people are insane. They do not know any normal people.
"It isn't about ego or elevating oneself. In fact, the activists I knew and I tended to denigrate ourselves more than anything."
No, this is only about ego and righteous self-branding. These kids are totally dependent (parents, loans, grants, etc.) on the System the're fighting, and this is the only and last way they'll be able to express outrage and "independence" before they march off to their cubical farms to the strain of pomp and circumstance.
tilting at micro-aggressions is meaningless in the Matrix real world where the only things that are important are punching the clock and accruing consumer debt. the game is over, they just don't know it yet.
The Poetry of Violence
If it were just the students I might agree, but it's not. It's the administration, the faculty, the media, and government They are, at least in the bigger schools, mostly behind this idiocy 100%. Think of all the Title IX crap - that's not going to go away in a hurry.
I view this as a symptom of a much larger problem - the entire public educational system has been building this for generations, else there wouldn't be so much support within the faculty or administration, let alone the government.
These kids are for all intents and purposes useless - I'd never hire one simply because of the horrible effect it would have on the work place, I think anyone who does hire one of these hyper-agressive / hyper-sensitive infants is going to really regret it.
Think back to all the PC sexual harassment seminars - it was insane. sure there was sexual harassment, but the choice to treat EVERYONE as guilty until proven innocent has only gotten worse. They've got the President (yeah I know) talking about Rape Culture which is a complete load of manure.
I think the downstream effects on the economy are going to be significant. The effect on the election - they're still talking about Hilary when she should be behind bars. And given the media yellow journalism in Indiana - I'm not sure any GOP, most of who are RINO's, or an Independent can get elected any more. Harry Reid got away with lying, and that'll just encourage the rest of them.